Pretty Deadly is more than a self defense class or learning how to stay safe. We are a community of self-empowering, intuition-honing, confidence-building women with a self defense program developed for the way women actually learn, the things we actually face, and that’s actually fun.
WHAT TO EXPECT
WHAT YOU’LL BE FOCUSING ON
The Pretty Deadly Program is a 5-class women’s self defense course. Each class builds on the one before. By the final class you have a full set of tools to keep you feeling safe, confident and aware.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- How your biological self defense system really works
- Strategic thinking and situational awareness
- Simple and effective blocks, kicks, strikes, and take-downs
- How to trust your intuition, and when to make space and get away
Whether you’re new to the world of self defense or you’re already a fitness fan, Pretty Deadly is a great place to learn powerful body dynamics based on effective natural movement. Beginners welcome!
HOW PRETTY DEADLY
GET TO KNOW YOURSELf
Don’t just learn to stay safe. Discover what you’re already doing right, and unlock the tools you have within you to handle stress, anxiety and fear.
From silent stares to cat calls, office creeps to physical aggression, our self defense techniques are based on natural body movements that work in real life.
GOOD FOR YOUR GUT
Harness the power of your intuition, learn to truly trust yourself and have fun mastering your Pretty Deadly Self Defense™ skills.
JOIN THE MOVEMENT
We’re a growing community who believe self defense is about presence, confidence, and trust in our right to be. (And making sure we’re having plenty of fun while we’re doing it!)
The original Pretty Deadly bad-ass, Susie formed this user-friendly self defense system based on her experience as a violent crime survivor combined with her 20+ years of martial arts training. Originally developed to teach her mom basic self defense, Susie designed Pretty Deadly as an easy, quick way for her mother to learn reliable techniques. The very first Pretty Deadly class was launched on a winter day in Chicago for a handful of senior women who turned into a gang of total badasses in a matter of days.
Motivated by her mom, Susie continued to develop and teach the Pretty Deadly Program in the US, UK and Europe, working with gender education experts, trauma researchers, fitness professionals, and with contributions from women from all walks of life to refine the course to reflect the real experiences of women. Her ultimate motivation is to make self defense available everywhere, especially to women who don’t normally have access to it, whether by geography, economics, tradition or discrimination.